Category Archives: Stary Haj

Rocky woods

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As I’m traveling very soon, and don’t have any new photos recently, for the next 10 days, there will be no new photos on the blog, but I will be reposing 10 of my favorite photos from the last years.

To start with, one from 2012, taken at the Stary haj near Krupina in Slovakia.
Rocky Woods

Faded away – process

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For this weeks process post, I have for you something a little different. In this one I will show you how to create this blurred effect in Photoshop. It quite simple, and it can create a really interesting result.

So to get a result like this:

Faded away

I started with this photo as the base. It’s one of my older HDR, and this effect also looks best on scenes with trees.

Original

So the first thing I did was to duplicate the layer. On this new layer I used the Motion blur (Filter -> Blur -> Motion blur) and played around with the values until I got the look I wanted.

Blur

Next I added a mask to the blurred layer, and using a black soft brush at 100% I brushed over the parts where I wanted the original photo to show through. Then I changed the opacity to 30% and softened the transition.

Masking

That actually makes the whole effect. But I also suggest running a filter like Color Efex Pro contrast, as the blurred version will be lacking in the contrast area.

Contrast

And that’s it. If you give it a try, and create an interesting result, feel free to share your results in the comments :)

A week passed and we are again at the process Tuesday post. And as I’m currently hawing the contest and raffle where you can win Oloneo Photoengine, I thought I show you a photo which I edited mostly in Oloneo Photoengine. And I’m including a special tip today :). So here goes.

Something green

I took this photo two years ago, still with a Canon 7D (my 450D that I had at that time had a broken shutter :)). That’s also why I used only three brackets, as that’s all I could take then. So as usually I started in Lightroom. I corrected the horizon here and also did a little noise reduction.

Something-green-lightroom
From there I exported all three brackets as 16bit Tiff files and loaded them into Oloneo Photoengine. Here I merged them and as you can see, I had to move only one slider to get the look I wanted (the TM Strength). It created a very nice blend, and also opened the shadows more that it was on the original brackets.
Something-green-oloneo-process
My next step was to load this result into photoshop. I haven’t used any original brackets here, as there was no need to blend any parts from them. I then did the following edits on it (layers numbered from bottom up):

  1. the result from Oloneo Photoengine
  2. I removed lens flares from the trees on the right
  3. did more noise reduction
  4. brightened the darkest parts of the image
  5. added glow (view my glow tutorial)
  6. brightened the glow
  7. changed the color of the sunlight (I will explain this in a moment)
  8. brigtened the overall photo with an exposure adjustment, but not in the brightest areas
  9. added more contrast to the basic midtones
  10. added a little contrast to the whole image

Something-green-process

And now for the point 7, where I mentioned I changed the color of the light. A lot of times when I have a photo with the sun in it, I want to have the surrounding area to have a nice yellow/orange glow to it. Same here. The green color was nice, but I wanted more. And to get this I did the following:

  • created a new layer
  • filled it with 50% grey (shift+backspace and select 50% grey and confirm :))
  • set the blending mode to soft ligt, this will make this layer invisible for now
  • picked a color from the sun, something nice and warm
  • chosen a big soft brush, with around 20% opacity and started painting around the sun, the more away from it, the less brush strokes
  • just change the opacity of the layer if the effect is too strong

And that’s it. Looks really great if you need more sun glow, or if you trying to change a color of a certain part of the photo. Here is this layer from this photo, shown without the blending mode selected and at full opacity. I used it in the end at 33% opacity, and as you can see, I also deleted parts of it.
Something-green-grey

And that was all. To see the original 0EV exposure and the Oloneo Photoengine result, please continue to the full post.

Something green

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After all those city shots I really wanted to add a nature photo. But looking through my recent photos I just could not find any that fit. So I vent back, and back and even more back, until I got to my photos form 2011, and there I found one :)

This is a HDR created from 3 exposures in Oloeno photoengine and finished in Photoshop.
Something green

Something warmer

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New article for HDR one

I wrote another article for the HDR One online magazine. This time it all about how to capture fireworks shot. So if you like to see how I got all those fireworks shot during New Year, check out this article :)

Something warmer

After all those winter panoramas, I just had to edit something a little warmer :) Not much to say here :)
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